In this brief Q&A I had with talented Michigan emcee WuZee, he shares his love for the craft, his inspiration and some valuable viewpoints for independent artists.
Achickwitbeatz: Who is WuZee?
WuZee: (Lol) for sure, but first I would like to say I can only be myself at all times so if anything I say offends people you should get a life. With that being said, my philosophies on music would be "do the right thing", "be yourself", "have a vision", "respect the n**gas who did it first", "have fun", "positivity energy activates constant elevation", and "love is love" (lol). In a nut shell it's realer than that I'm just not a typer. So yeah, for the most part.
Where I'm from? I am from Grand Rapids, but for the past 5 or 6 years I've been back and forth from GR to Kzoo I've lived every where in GR I've been every where in GR. Shoutout to every one I f*ck with...y'all know who y'all are. But Kalamazoo...I feel like there is something to offer here so I guess that's why i keep ending back up out here. Shoutout to Kzoo and the people tryin' to play their roll, y'all know who y'all are too!
My stage name? Well, Wuzee started off as Wuzee D. I used to gang bang when I was a kid or whatever and I was/am a drinker lol so yeah, then I was like 16. I got a little older and got knowledge of self so Wuzee D turned into Wise Universe Allah. Ok, so I could break that down more but like that's a lot sooo yeah...but that's pretty much the whole name situation. But I am who I am and at the end of the day, I will be who I will be (lol) and that's pretty much WuZee good bad or ugly.
Achickwitbeatz: When did you first discover that you needed music to be a part of your life?
WuZee: I first discovered music needed to be apart of my life when I was a kid, as young as I can remember! My mom and her 2 sisters (my aunts) were crazy groupie Prince fans (lol) so like my whole life has just been that kinda swag...and on top of that my granny put me on like oldies like doo-wop and sh*t so I know everything about music from 50-90s- big ups to my granny- I love you! But as far as Hip Hop, I would have to give it up to my cousin Sean. I have always been a writer but as far as being young and exposed to sh*t as it's coming out was just f**king crazy because people talk about Dilla and Madlib and DOOM 'n' sh*t, but were never really listening to them when it was really first coming out. I was fortunate to be able to because this fool R.I.P. "Mr. Muther F**king Everything" was always on everything off rip like he had an "okay player" since the beginning so like even to this day I'm enlightened...it's crazy. So once we linked up and started going through the sh*t and finding our spot, sh*t just started happening and then from that point on I really have been living this music thing...and like it's way bigger than Hip Hop.
Achickwitbeatz: What would you say is the most rewarding thing about being an independent artist?
WuZee: That's a tough question. I would like to say the feeling of knowing people feel you for being you, but half the time people are just losing money because they're in a city where they're getting slept on so they give all this money and hard work away for free. Which if you're just a part-time rhymer or whatever then yeah do that, but if you're tryin' to be for real you got to be smarter than that. So everybody has a skill and my skill is rhyming 'n' not going to come off my money then a work a bulls**t job for just for nothing. Have a vision.
Achickwitbeatz: What is the most valuable lesson you've learned since you became an artist?
WuZee: "If you build it...they will come."
Achickwitbeatz: What are 5 attributes/skills that would place an artist on your top 10 list?
Achickwitbeatz: Conversely, what are 5 attributes that would place an artist at the very bottom of your list?
WuZee: D**k riding
Too much swag
Money dumb sh*t
Achickwitbeatz: What can people expect from WuZee?
WuZee: MORE OF THAT RAW SH*T! The plotting never stops and the sidewalk will be taken back, my word is my bond!
Achickwitbeatz: How can people connect with you and stay current with what you have in the works?
That's my direct hook up, just message me or add. I'm blocked for life from sending friend requests so yeah do it up! Trying to get away from the social medias so hopefully I will see you all in person! Peace everyone #footclan #cultgang #bnfv #brokenfamous #screwface